Sovereign's Cookie Policy
This website uses cookies. By continuing to use this website you are consenting to cookies being used. For information on cookies please see our Cookies Policy.

Heure Bleue Palais

Morocco, Essaouira

Good for Couples
Family Suites

Part of the prestigious Relais & Châteaux hotel group, the Heure Bleue Palais opened in 2004 after three years of renovations, offering luxury riad-style accommodation at the gates of the historic Essaouira medina. Finished to a high standard, retaining the feel of a traditional Moroccan home, the hotel combines African, European and Arab influences, staying true to the heritage of this fascinating city, now declared a World Heritage Site. Enjoy hearty Moroccan cuisine in the Oriental Restaurant or al fresco in the inner courtyard, alternatively for fabulous panoramic views, head to the rooftop terrace to sample light snacks, cool down in the swimming pool or relax on a sun lounger. You can even learn how to prepare tasty local dishes when joining one of the hotel’s cooking courses. Visit the surrounding areas and discover local traditions during one of many experiences available, including participating in the traditional Berber tea ritual whilst exploring ‘the Tuareq trail’ on a camel. And when you return, enjoy a signature hammam treatment at the hotel’s wellness centre.

Hotel child prices apply to ages 4-12 years.

The hotel has 33 rooms and suites.


Bars and Restaurants

The Oriental Restaurant

Enjoy traditional Moroccan cuisine with a modern twist in a sophisticated but cosy atmosphere of the Salon Oriental.

The English Lounge

Open throughout the day and evening, the colonial-style English Lounge offers an inviting space for savouring authentic teas, tasty cocktails and in the evening, a selection of 'Kemia', oriental seafood tapas.

Terrace Restaurant

Located on the rooftop terrace, The Terrace Grill Restaurant offers light meals and snacks with amazing views over the ocean and the medina.

Beach and Pools

Swimming Pool

The heated swimming pool is located on the rooftop terrace with panoramic views over the ocean and the medina, and is ideal for a cooling dip or relaxing on sun loungers.

Spa and Wellness

Wellness Centre

The Wellness Centre at the Heure Bleue Palais offers a traditional Hammam experience as well as a range of treatments, using natural ingredients including the famous Argan oil.

Activities and Entertainment

Billiards and Home Cinema

Enjoy a game of Billiards or head to the home cinema room to watch a sport event or a classic movie.

Cooking Classes

Enjoy cooking classes with the head chef Ahmed Handour and discover traditional Moroccan cuisine.

Other Activities

A number of experiences is available, including camel rides, 4x4 excursions, visit to a local winery, quad biking, hiking, watersports and more.

About the location
Essaouira is a breezy seaside resort with a laid-back vibe. Its fishing harbour is where it’s all happening, though. This lively, working hub is where the area’s freshest catch comes from. Then you have the sandy beach, which thanks to its location and windy nature, attracts windsurfers from all over.

Like Marrakech, Essaouira has a bustling medina – it’s slightly less chaotic, though, offering a more relaxing shopping experience. The colourful stalls are predominantly in the main medina, though they also spread out into the surrounding ancient streets. Shop for everything from spices and oranges, to dinner plates and hand-woven rugs. The medina lies within Essaouira’s old town and has ancient walls protecting it.

There is a great dining scene, too, from chilled-out loft bars overlooking the medina, to beach front Ibiza-esque restaurants. A trip to Morocco wouldn’t be complete without a traditional hammam (a Turkish bath). You can grab yourself this treatment in many of the hotels and spas across the city.
Transfer time
2 hours 40 minutes from Marrakech airport.
Classic Room

Max 2 adults

Classic Rooms are located on the first floor and are decorated in an African-themed style, featuring a king size bed (twin beds available on request) and marble bathroom with a walk-in shower.

Deluxe Room

Max 2 adults

Deluxe Rooms have been decorated in Oriental, African or British-themed style, featuring a king size bed (twin beds available on request), office area and a marble bathroom with a bathtub.


Max 2 adults, 1 child

Suites are located on the second floor and are decorated in Arab-Portuquese inspired style, featuring a king size bed (twin beds available on request), lounge area and a marble bathroom with a bathtub and walk-in shower.

Suite Premium

Max 2 adults, 1 child

Premium Suites are located on the second and third floor and are decorated in Oriental, African or British-themed style, featuring a king size bed (twin beds available on request), lounge area, fireplace, office area and a marble bathroom with a walk-in shower.

Family Suite

Max 3 adults, 2 children

Family Suites consist of two bedrooms featuring a king size bed (twin beds available on request), large living space and two marble bathrooms.

Sovereign Experiences


Camp under the stars in the Agafay Desert

Step a short distance away from bustling Marrakech and you’ll find yourself in the dramatic Agafay Desert. Nestled in a valley of palms and olives, La Pause is an elegant glamping experience. The accommodation is beautifully decked out with soft furnishings, fine linen and Berber rugs. Guests can enjoy al fresco dining, open plan living, an inviting central lounge, and day activities from walking to horse riding. By night, your peaceful oasis is lit up with candles and solar lights, and banquets are put on.

View the La Pause Hotel


Explore the adventures of the Atlas Mountains

Combine pure luxury and adventurous living with a short stay in the Atlas Mountains. One of Sir Richard Branson's private getaways, the Kasbah Tamadot perfectly matches high life living and breathtaking views of the valleys and mountains. Enjoy al fresco dining, world class spa treatments and luxuries like the open air cinema.

View the Kasbah Tamadot Hotel

Early booking discount

Save up to 01 July - 31 October 2018 booked at least 60 days prior to departure.

Tripadvisor logo
Tripadvisor rating Based on 788 traveller reviews
Thumb image 86% of travellers recommended this hotel
Travellers Ratings
Rating image   548
Very Good
Rating image   155
Rating image   50
Rating image   21
Rating image   14
What to expect
Sleep Quality
Tripadvisor rating
Tripadvisor rating
Tripadvisor rating
Tripadvisor rating
Tripadvisor rating
Tripadvisor rating
Not Up To Snuff
DEngelJ, CT
Tripadvisor review Nov 09 2018
L'Heure Bleu Palais is a Relais et Chateau Hotel, but it is not up to usual Relais et Chateau standards. The rooms are not especially attractive, the lighting is poor and the whole place needs...
View full review
Excellent Service and Restaurant
Tripadvisor review Nov 04 2018
Higher price, but TOP quality! Very friendly service, restaurant with excellent quality, Terrasse and pool very comfortable with an amazing view! Also the SPA was very good. Best regards Barbara...
View full review
View more reviews
Book Online
Request a quote
Feefo review image

What our customers think

We've been finding people their own slice of paradise for 45 years, and like to think we're pretty good at it. 
Don't just take our word for it, though - see what our customers have said about their Sovereign experience..

Read customer reviews...